11 different deals went down Thursday afternoon as the NBA trade deadline came by us in a flash and a lot of players were shipped to new teams as well as draft picks.
In this article, I will talk about who got the best deals out of these trades.
Feb 6, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic (1) dribbles against the Utah Jazz at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
3: Miami Heat
The Heat got themselves a great point guard in Goran Dragic as the frustrated Slovenian wanted no part of the Suns and they decided to ship him and his brother Zoran out to South Beach for two first rounds.
Miami also lost Norris Cole, Justin Hamilton, Shawne Williams and Danny Granger to the Suns and the Pelicans, which will hurt their bench but the addition of the Dragic brothers, bring a true great point guard to this team.
I found that Goran couldn’t have been “the man” in Phoenix with Eric Bledsoe and Isaiah Thomas taking his minutes, but he will succeed in a team hell-bent on making another playoff run. When the team gets healthy, they can make some noise.
Dec 31, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Knight (11) drives on Cleveland Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova (8) during the second quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports
2: Phoenix Suns
I know it sounds weird but hear me out. They do lose the Dragic brothers, Miles Plumlee, Tyler Ennis and Isaiah Thomas but besides Thomas and Goran, the rest were at best average players.
The Suns were able to stockpile draft picks and they got Brandon Knight, Kendall Marshall, Marcus Thornton, Danny Granger and John Salmons.
Knight will fill the void that Goran left and the rest will fill the rest of the spots up and possibly improve the team as well. Plus if they don’t, they can just use their draft picks to trade up and rebuild this team even faster.
Jan 31, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Michael Carter-Williams (1) reacts after injuring himself in the third quarter of their game against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena. The Hawks won 91-85. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
1: Milwaukee Bucks
Another weird selection but I picked them because of one reason, they got Michael Carter-Williams from the 76ers. They also got Plumlee and Ennis who will have roles off the bench.
The fact that they got Williams, who is a great young talent, makes them the winner of this group. Jabari Parker and Williams will be one the same team for a long time now. They did lose Knight and some draft picks but I still like the MCW acquisition a lot.
I know some people won’t agree with me on this but I personally think these three teams did a lot of good things yesterday. Only time will prove if what I said is right or wrong.